Scarborough Open Air Theatre returned to live action yesterday evening with a sensational sell-out show by Welsh rockers Stereophonics.
Playing their first gig in exactly 500 days, Kelly Jones and the boys delivered a hit-packed show that included such anthems as Bartender and The Thief, Maybe Tomorrow, Dakota, Hurry Up And Wait, Handbags and Gladrags and Just Looking.
Among the 8,000 crowd was Rob and Sarah Hiscoe who got married earlier in the day and brought huge cheers from the crowd as they arrived for the show in full wedding attire.
“What better way to spend your wedding night than watching the Stereophonics in Scarborough,” said happy groom Rob Hiscoe as he celebrated with his bride Sarah. The new Mr & Mrs Hiscoe had planned to marry in Cyprus next week but COVID restrictions put a halt to that.
Instead, the couple from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, celebrated at Scarborough Open Air Theatre after marrying in their hometown earlier in the day.
“I’ve been to see the Stereophonics about 20 times,” said Sarah. “We saw their last gig before lockdown and we booked to see them in Scarborough when it went on sale. When we realised we weren’t going to be able to go to Cyprus we booked the wedding for today and we get to celebrate with the Stereophonics!”
The Stereophonics show was the first gig at the venue for almost two years and marks 500 days since the Welsh rockers last played a live show in front of a capacity crowd.
It is the start of a packed season at the Yorkshire coast venue, the UK’s largest open air theatre, which also sees headline gigs from Kaiser Chiefs, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, James, Courteeners and Duran Duran.
Peter Taylor of venue promoters Cuffe and Taylor said: “What a stunning return for live music at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Stereophonics delivered a brilliant show, it was so great to welcome them back. I want to thank the whole team at the venue and such an amazing audience for making this a night to remember.
“And, of course, huge congratulations Rob and Sarah – we are delighted you decided to spend your very special day with us. All the very best for the future.”
Tickets for all shows are on sale via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111).
Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2021 Line-up:
8 Aug Kaiser Chiefs
14 Aug Culture Club
20 Aug Nile Rodgers And Chic
21 Aug Keane
27 Aug Olly Murs
28 Aug UB40 Ft Ali Campbel And Astro
29 Aug Anne-Marie
8 Sep Courteeners
9 Sep James
10 Sep Snow Patrol
17 Sep Duran Duran